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|Oliver tapped for city council post|
The Rev. Reuben L. Oliver Sr. has been appointed to the Monroe City Council District 5 seat until a special election is held in the spring to select a new council member.
In a special city council meeting earlier this week, council members unanimously approved a resolution calling for a special election on April 4. A run-off election, if necessary, would be held on May 2, to fill former councilman Robert Johnson's unexpired term, which ends June 30, 2012.
The city council also unanimously approved Oliver's appointment to the District 5 seat. Oliver must first be sworn in before he can take the seat. The next regular scheduled meeting of the Monroe City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Oliver said following the special city council meeting that he has no plans to run for office.
Oliver was asked by council chairman Robert "Red" Stevens to take over Johnson's council seat until the special election.
Last week, Johnson was sworn in as a judge at 4th Judicial District Court. Johnson was elected without opposition in July.
While he's wanted to work with others in the political arena, Oliver said he does not care to hold a long-term position in politics. A short-term experience is all he wants, he said.
"This will give me a chance to work with those in the political arena, and I don't have to stay," Oliver said. "I think it will give me a different take on things. I'll get to know a little more about how things work."
"I might not be able to put the water on every fire, but I will be able to give them a different point of view," Oliver continued. "I'm short-term, and I don't know exactly what the city has planned for the long-term, but there might be some things I can bring to their consciousness for their long-term plans. I can't say right now that everything the district requires will be handled.
"There's a book entitled, 'Knowing and Experiencing God.' It says the best thing to do is find out what God is doing and do it with Him. That way you won't be trying to please God in an area He's not trying to be pleased in.
"For me, it's the same thing with the council, mayor and other public officials. I want to find out what they're doing, and do the best I can to work with them."
Oliver has been a resident of District 5 for about 20 years. He currently is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Monroe and St. Joe Baptist Church in Alto.